Wenatchee man arrested after alleged hit-and-run, then lengthy standoff


A Wenatchee man faces multiple charges after an hours-long standoff with police that followed an alleged hit-and-run late Tuesday night in the Wenatchee WinCo parking lot.

Wenatchee police say Scott Alan Brown, 47, arrived at WinCo about 11:25 p.m. in a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee, got into a 1968 Ford Galaxy he had parked there for sale, and was seen spinning “brodies” before allegedly hitting a pole and fleeing in the Cherokee.

A photo by Hailei Barr shows the wrecked Ford Galaxy in the parking lot between WinCo and the former Rite Aid.

A witness gave police the license plate number for the Cherokee and shortly after an officer spotted the vehicle at Fifth and Miller streets, said Wenatchee Police Capt. Edgar Reinfeld.

Reinfeld said Brown fled when the officer tried to make a traffic stop.

The ensuing pursuit ended in the 2100 block of Fifth Street, where Brown allegedly barricaded himself inside his home.

Police obtained a search warrant and entered the house at 1:34 a.m., Reinfeld said.

“He was located inside the crawl space a couple minutes later,” Reinfeld said. “He continued to barricade himself in the crawl space for an extended period. With the assistance of East Wenatchee police and Chelan County Sheriff’s Office they were eventually able to compel him to come out of the crawl space.”

While police were attempting to get Brown to surrender, he reportedly told them he had a gun, Reinfeld said.

“At different points during his barricaded period he was alleging he was armed with a firearm and would kill officers or force officers to kill him,” Reinfeld said. “Thankfully, through much of their contact with him while he was barricaded they kept seeing him and seeing empty hands, so they were able to kind of have a better idea of what was going on with him, which was no firearm.”

Brown faces charges of hit and run, DUI, resisting arrest, reckless driving and attempting to elude.